GST Not Tax Friendly: High to Government
The Bombay High Court has said the Goods and Services Tax (GST), though highly publicised by the Union government, isn’t tax-friendly.
A Bench comprising Justices S.C. Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre said, “A tax like GST was highly publicised and termed as popular. These celebrations mean nothing. The special sessions of Parliament or special or extraordinary meetings of council would mean nothing to the assessees unless they obtain easy access to the website and portals.
The regime is not tax-friendly.” The observations came while the Bench was hearing a petition filed by Abicor and Benzel Technoweld Pvt Ltd, a manufacturer of robotic and automation equipment. The petitioner had claimed it was unable to access its online profile on the GST Network, without which it was unable to generate e-way bills, and was unable to move its goods anywhere.
The petitioner argued that while the Union government had decided to put in place an automated and electronic system of accepting tax returns based on self-assessment, without access to its online profile, it was unable to file its tax returns, pay tax, move its goods, or undertake any other compliances that were required under the GST rules.